In 1993 when I was at a protest at the Parliament Buildings, along with 110,000 plus others, I was of course protesting Canada’s NAFTA deal with United States and Mexico, but also I was handing out a brochure that I had produced meant to improve Canada’s system of government. As I handed out my brochures I asked each person what group they were with and what they were trying to accomplish at the protest. Some people were with unions, Council of Canadians had a large contingent, there were people protesting poverty, some due to the implications for the healthcare industry, some farmers etc. What I had to say to one I had to say to all was, we are all here, protesting for the sake of one issue or another, but there was one issue that we all had in common, which is, we have no say at all in politicians decision making.
The fact that nothing came of the protest of 110,000 people proved my point, as did that eighteen years after the fact, we have less say than back then. The reason for me mentioning this is not to score points for myself, other than to build some credibility for myself; rather I hope that others will finally see the truth of what I have been saying all these years and for them to see the relevance of the need for us all to fight for a better democratic system of government, complete with Recall, Initiative and Referendum. I suspect that we will have to refuse to elect anyone associated with parties and opt to elect independents to get our Direct Representation features that we seek.
I point your minds to BC where former Premier Bill Vander Zalm and Chris Delaney of Fight HST reversed the unpopular HST by forcing a referendum on Premiere Gordon Campbell and the people won against the government. The win was made possible by the referendum laws that they had right to in BC.
Let’s not be naive here, we are going to start out by a fight for a Recall system, which the political parties will fight tooth and nail (why would they want to give power away?), but hey, the people of London England and the lower royalty did not get concessions from King John to sign the Magna Carta by being nice and politeness was not a major feature King John’s compliance. It was in your face defiance of the King that got the Rouge to sign what would be the western world’s first major landmark in democracy.
Update: I am updating this blog on Jan. 13, 2013. Back in Aug. 26, 2011 the voters of BC voted down the HST. I contacted Bill Van der Zalm and was informed that the BC Liberal Government said that they need a year(?) to change back to a GST Tax from the HST.
Last Updated Saturday, May. 19, 2012 5:46AM EDT
Voters in British Columbia have voted to dump the Harmonized Sales Tax after the results of a provincial referendum were released Friday. The tax has been ousted with 54.73 per cent of voters turning it down.
Reference page: http://www.ctvnews.ca/b-c-voters-kill-the-province-s-hst-in-referendum-1.688530#ixzz2HrNaudBR
An update as of Jan. 13/2013: In BC, there was a hard fought battle to get the number of names on a petition to get the Referendum, and then again in the campaign to win the Referendum. As of today